- Russell Wilson didn’t look right last week, and that made sense. Coming off of a broken finger, returning to the field ahead of schedule, and playing in the cold in Green Bay, a bad week looks obvious in retrospect. What is discouraging, however, is how poorly this offense looked without Wilson’s ability to hit the deep ball, and it didn’t help that the offensive line struggled to give the deep shots the time needed to develop. Wilson now faces an Arizona Cardinals defense that has allowed the fifth-fewest overall fantasy points on the season, including the third-fewest to the quarterback position. With Kyler Murray (hopefully) returning to action but also limited by an injury, this may not be the shootout that we should have hoped it would be coming into the season. Wilson doesn’t rack up points on the ground as some quarterbacks do, and he’s never been the type to march an offense down the field with the short passing game. Until we see the deep ball back, Wilson is just a low-end QB1.
- If you’re looking for a risk/reward streamer this week, Cam Newton and Justin Fields are your best bets. Newton looked like his normal self in limited action last week, and the Panthers looked more than willing to use him as a rusher around the goalline. Newton averaged 17 fantasy points per game last year despite providing almost nothing through the air, and he certainly has better passing game options in Carolina than he did in New England. His opponent this week, the Washington Football Team, has given up the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks on a per game basis this year, making him an upside play that was on waivers just last week.
- Justin Fields is finally opening up the passing game a bit overt the past few weeks, and he’s finished as the QB5 and QB10 in his last two games. Fields has six or more carries and 38 or more yards in each of his past four games, and just had the bye week to take a step back and make his late season push up the fantasy rankings. It’s a high variance matchup against Baltimore for sure, as this defense can make young quarterbacks look bad at times. But the Ravens do rank as the 1oth best defense for fantasy quarterbacks to face this year, giving Fields some upside to go along with his risk. With a matchup against Detroit last week, you may even be able to get another week out of him if you need it.
Green=Strong Starter, Yellow=Solid Starter, Red=Look for Better Options
Week 11 QB Rankings